Bank teller

A bank teller (often abbreviated to simply teller) is an employee of a bank who deals directly with customers. In some places, this employee is known as a cashier or customer representative.[1] Most teller jobs require experience with handling cash and a high school diploma. Most banks provide on-the-job training.

Tellers are considered a "front line" in the banking business because they are typically the first people a customer sees at the bank.

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Bowery Savings Bank, 34th St. and 5th Ave., New York City. Tellers at machines

Responsibilities and Duties of the Bank Teller

Being front line staff they are most likely to detect and stop fraudulent transactions in order to prevent losses at a bank (counterfeit currency and checks, identity theft, confidence tricks, etc.). The position also requires tellers to be friendly and interact with the customers, providing them with information about customers' accounts and bank services. Tellers typically work from a station, usually located on a teller line. Most stations have a teller system, which includes cash drawers, receipt validator/printers, proof work sorters, and paperwork used for completing bank transactions. These transactions include:

  • Check cashing, depositing, transfers, wire transfers
  • Savings deposits, withdrawals
  • Issuing negotiable items (cashier's checks, traveler's cheques, money orders, federal draft issuances, etc.)
  • Payment collecting
  • Promotion of the financial institution's products (loans, mortgages, etc.)
  • Business referrals (trust, insurance, lending, etc.)
  • Cash advances
  • Savings bond redemption. Paper savings bonds can no longer be purchased, only electronic bonds are available for purchase now, so banks can no longer issue bonds.
  • Resolving customer issues
  • Balancing the vault, cash drawers, ATMs, and TAUs
  • Batching and Processing Proof Work (On-Us/Not-On-Us Checks, Payment Coupons, Counter Slips, etc.)
  • May include ordering products for the customer (checks, deposit slips, etc.)


In the United States, tellers held approximately 608,000 jobs in 2006. Of these, 1 out of 4 worked part-time. Median annual earnings as of May 2006 were $22,140.[2]

Celebrities who were former Bank Tellers

Many well-known personalities have worked as Bank Tellers including:

See also


  1. ^ "Scotiabank Jobs".
  2. ^ "Tellers". Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Celebrities Who Worked In Finance Before They Became Famous".
  4. ^ "9 Boring Jobs Celebrities Had Before They Were Famous".

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David Lago

David Scott Lago (born January 18, 1979 in Downey, California) is a Cuban-American actor. He is best known for playing Raul Guittierez on The Young and the Restless from 1999 to 2004. He has also had a recurring role as Jeremy on 7th Heaven.He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004, before finally winning in 2005, his last year on the soap. He had not prepared a speech, so he left the audience stunned by simply repeating a line from the film Catch Me If You Can about two mice falling into a bucket of cream.

He also won a Young Artist Award in 2000 for his portrayal of Raul, having previously been nominated in 1999 for his role in the short-lived television series, Hollywood Safari. He has since been in a number of independent films and has also been executive producer too.

In late October 2008, it was rumored that Lago was being considered for the role of Dante Falconeri, the son of Olivia Falconeri and Sonny Corinthos, on ABC's General Hospital.

In May 2009, Lago briefly returned to The Young and the Restless in the role of Raul.

On February 3, 2010 David began starring as his idol Elvis Presley in the Broadway Production of Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago's Apollo Theater. He also starred in the erotic psychological thriller Deeper and Deeper (2010), playing the role of Ryan, a bank teller who rents a room in a high rise building to spy on an attractive business woman who lives in an adjacent building.

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Dog Day Afternoon

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The film was inspired by P. F. Kluge's article "The Boys in the Bank" in LIFE magazine, about a similar robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale on August 22, 1972.

The film received critical acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros., some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Double Dynamite

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The film was originally entitled It's Only Money, before RKO owner Howard Hughes changed the title to Double Dynamite as a reference to co-star Jane Russell's famous cleavage.The movie involves a bank teller (Sinatra) suspected of embezzling who turns to a sardonic waiter (Groucho Marx) for advice. Although Sinatra has by far the most screen time, he took third billing behind Jane Russell and Groucho Marx. Most of the scenes are devoted to the interactions of Sinatra and Marx, who had just begun televising his radio show You Bet Your Life the year before and was in between his wilder Marx Brothers persona and the more toned-down television Groucho. Both Sinatra and Jane Russell play against type as a shy, timid pair, while Marx portrays a sarcastic waiter who breezily mentors the frightened young couple.

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However, it was later theorized that Bourg had been mistaken for Sheriff Frank Clancy, who occupied the next room as a police report stated "...from the time Clancy...entered the hospital, he...had a guard outside of his door but the guard was removed-on the morning of the attack-by someone representing themselves at the sheriff's wife."

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Although the gangland slayings of innocent victims usually bring considerable unwanted attention and pressure from law enforcement, Marcello's organization suffered little retaliation from local authorities. While a nurse's aid gave a description of a suspect, she recanted her testimony three days later.

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2006 Ukrainian Cup Final

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Washington Townsend was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended a private school and West Chester Academy. He was engaged as a bank teller from 1828 to 1844. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in West Chester. He served as prosecuting attorney of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1848. He served as deputy attorney under Attorneys General Darragh and Cooper. He was cashier of the Bank of Chester County from 1849 to 1857. He was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1852, and a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention.

Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Public Lands during the Forty-third Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876. He again resumed the practice of his profession in West Chester, and served as president of the Bank of Chester County from 1879 to 1894. He died in West Chester in 1894. Interment in Oakland Cemetery, near West Chester.

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